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International Canoe Europa Cup at Deutsch-Britischer Yacht Club - Overall

by Chris Hampe 28 Jul 2018 10:15 BST 23-27 July 2018

The final three races of the 2018 IC Europa Cup had a grandstand finish with the races held directly in front of the Deutsch-Britischer Yacht Club. The race management team completed the full schedule of twelve races in somewhat difficult conditions. For the series, there was only one discard so everything was still to play for despite the dominance of the leading British Trio who were occupying the podium.

Race 1 started shortly after 11am and the boats were soon fighting for positions along the western shore of the Havel. The crosses were close and there were many tacks and position changes except for Robin Wood who led all the way around from Axel Bierwagen and Chris Hampe.

Race 2 was once again back to the British Dominance with Robin Wood, Chris Hampe and Shaun Anderson able to pull well clear of their German competitors. The race was quite fierce between Shaun Anderson and Chris Hampe who engaged in a match race fighting for second place in the overall standings. Hampe would just pull clear ahead at the windward mark after keeping to the western shore whilst Anderson was forced to give way to a barge in the shipping channel.

Going into the final race Robin Wood just needed to finish to secure the championship whilst Chris Hampe and Shaun Anderson were now tied on points in the race to be second. In this final race, the wind was occasionally veering to the East with significant changes in pressure. The start line was heavily biased towards the pin end and Chris Hampe timed his approach with perfection to lead a group of boats towards the shore. With the changing wind, the boats who tacked away early had the advantage as the pressure had filled in on the centre of the course Robin Wood led Shaun Anderson at the windward mark.

On the run, the wind died allowing the lead boats to pull away into a significant lead. There was then an uncharacteristic error from Robin Wood as he headed upwind mistaking one of the channel marker buoys for the windward mark. This allowed Shaun Anderson to come through for the win and secure the second-place spot. Axel Bierwagen also slipped past Robin to ensure the fourth place and secure the German national championship.

See the event website www.intcanoe.org/en/2018europa.php and there are photos at sharegallery.strato.com/u/p1_olIbN/dMJnJWZX#paddelboote/photos/grid

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmDesignBoatClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10R11R12Pts
1GBR 344Robin WoodMaasBlack BettyLlandegfedd Wales11111111(OCS)11313
2GBR 319Shaun AndersonMorrison 1Stringy BitsOxford SC22335‑1023153130
3GBR 340Chris HampeMorrison 3Monkey's UncleRoyal Western Yacht Club35422452232(DNF)34
4GER 89Axel BierwagenMorrison 2Turned TurtleYacht‑Club Niedersach...442‑144664428246
5GER 83Simon BeersMaastonIC water...535577‑88365559
6GER 82Roger RegitzMaas American Internationa...6668‑141135647466
7GER 85Jan StahlStahlDeep blue somethingKanu‑ und Segelclub M...887‑96246579769
8GER 68Chris OssenkoppIC ODDas kleine SchwarzeBorsumer Segel‑ und K...(DNF)DNCDNC43577794682
9GBR 275Alasdair AlstonIC ODMustang SallyWest Kirby Sailing Club798‑131281199101110104
10GER 74Eckhardt PagelIC ODDesaster de luxeBuchholz9101179‑13101110111311112
11GER 64Fynn BeersIC ODCalifornia DreamsYachtclub Meridian e. V.10(OCS)1211109912812109112
12GER 81Anette SteimannMaas Segeberger Segel‑Club...12791013(DNC)DNCDNCDNC868118
13GBR 336Robert StebbingMaasHard and FastCastle Cove Sailing Club(DNC)DNCDNC6831213DNC1312DNC127
14GER 65Emma GrigullIC ODPink PantherSegelclub Preetz e. V.111110121112131011(DNC)DNCDNC131

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